A short ride to Kambadahalli

A short ride to Kambadahalli

Saturday was gone. I didn’t want Sunday to go wasted like the previous day. Stuffed my camera in my bag, on the steeds and started towards Kambadahalli, a little known Jain pilgrimage around 140 kilometres from Bangalore, 70 from Kunigal and 18 kilometres from the Jain Kashi of South, Shravanabelugola. It was a pleasant climate, the road was almost empty. Rode non-stop and reached Kambadahalli taking an hour’s time.

About Kambadahalli:

Kambadahalli in Kannada translated to English means village (halli) of the pillar (Kamba). The name is due to the manasthambha (the pillar in front of temples) with statue of Brahmadeva Yaksha atop the pillar. The place is in Nagamangala taluk, Mandya district.

And here is a Wikipedia links with additional information Kambadahgalli on Wiki

A short ride to Kambadahalli

A short ride to Kambadahalli

Historical places mean, one get to hear wonderful stories. I heard two such stories when I visited the place –

First one goes like; the village got the name because of the pillar and the bells tied at the top of it. The bells at the top of the pillar tell the villagers about the bad news to come. They don’t make noise without a purpose, when they do, that means someone in the village is going to die in a day or two. Those bells don’t ring even during storms, and sometimes they ring even there is no slight breeze. Spooky! Elder people in the village who are around 70–80 years confirm that!!

A short ride to Kambadahalli

Another story goes like Kambadahalli was a prominent place & a Jain pilgrimage around 10th century. It’s claimed that there were 72 Jain temples in & around Kambadahalli, and now there is just one. As time passed, what once was Jain dominated place started losing their domination. And other community gained momentum. There is a water body to the north-west of the village and is the main source of water for irrigation for the surrounding places. One year there was heavy rain which damaged the tank bund of the water body. It was damaged to such an extent even after repairing the bund, even a small rain damaged it and resulting in loss of crops. This cyclic process – repairing the water body and getting damaged due to rain, went on for years until one day the village head dreamt of a solution. In his dream, the God asked him to demolish all the Jain temples and use those pillars, stones to repair the tankbund. And villagers followed the head’s order. End result, number of Jain temples came down to one from 72 and tankbund problem got resolved.

I don’t have any proofs for above stories. I heard them during my visits.

A short ride to Kambadahalli

How to reach there from Bangalore:

Bangalore – Nelamangala – Kunigal – Bellur Cross – Kadaballi – turn left – Bindiganavile – Kambadahalli
Bangalore – Nelamangala – Kunigal – Bellur Cross – Nagamangala – Kambadahalli


  1. I have to develop the art of just traveling on the weekend and I will take you as my inspiration.

  2. love the pictures! simply awesome 🙂 words fall short…

    *grinning* can i use some of the pictures as my desktop wallpaper? 😀 please

  3. Thank you for helping me discover yet another historic destination..Awesome pictures and very elaborate details .

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